County leaders declared victory yesterday when Commissioner Sue Gunzburger changed her vote and agreed to a system for funding an emergency calling system. Problem is, repeatedly over the years, studies have shown these systems don't live up to what they need to be. "There is no consistency in tra ... More >>
According to a communique received from a protester with Occupy Fort Lauderdale, the group will be kicked off of City Hall property (100 N. Andrews Ave.) at 5 p.m. today. The Occupiers find it reprehensible that the city would do such a thing on Thanksgiving Eve, when most people are busy with ho ... More >>
Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs (left) and Mayor John Rodstrom.The Broward Commission voted unanimously to pick Vice Mayor John Rodstrom as the new Broward Mayor, replacing Sue Gunzburger to begin his one-year term.Kristin Jacobs' path to becoming the new vice mayor wasn't exactly a shoe-in. Sh ... More >>
The Broward Commission unanimously voted down a draft ordinance proposed by County Administrator Bertha Henry to require people to apply for and obtain permits to engage in "expressive activities" at county facilities -- a mandate that many members of the public see as a stab at the First Ame ... More >>
The mayor and the angry mob.Broward County Mayor Sue Gunzburger -- without any great objection from her fellow commissioners -- has issued a proclamation declaring this Saturday "Occupy Fort Lauderdale Day" and "encourag[ing] all Broward residents to work together to bring about a stronger, bette ... More >>
Feel free to drop a donation in the bucket.It's not often that the Pulp mentions Broward politics with a reference to an ethical decision. It's even rarer when mentioning the county mayor's office, which has seemed like a magnet for corruption the past couple of terms. Add Sue Gunzburger's name t ... More >>
Coming up on April 15 is a local conference on political corruption that will have among its speakers dubious former state Sen. Steve Geller, Broward County Judge Ken "Mr. JenJen" Gottlieb, and lobbyist/fake ethics champion Norm Ostrau.With folks like that on board, there should be no shortage of co ... More >>
Daily BreezeWild art: Millions of dead sardines turned up in Redondo Beach today. Suspected cause: Winds drove them into small areas where they basically smothered each other. Who wants to be the new Sunrise city attorney?Well, there are a few interesting applicants among the dozen or so in the r ... More >>
Bob WolfeWhat do the people in charge of your property taxes do in their free time? One Broward property appraiser likes to tweet right-wing talking points, including his love for Allen West and Ronald Reagan.Juice reader Seth Platt noticed that some of Deputy Property Appraiser Bob Wolfe's tweet ... More >>
Wild Art: Rick Scott's inauguration yesterday (Lisa Macci/Facebook) -- After the post on Sheriff Al Lamberti's taking of liberties with official Super Bowl credentials to get his son into the game, the South Florida Times has come out with a report on a "secret" Super Bowl ... More >>
Chip LaMarca is the only Republican on the Broward County Board of Commissioners, so you might think he would be the last one to spearhead a move to literally unleash known violent criminals back on our neighborhoods. But LaMarca was behind the undoing of the doggy death pe ... More >>
They just voted Sue Gunzburger the new Broward mayor to replace Ken Keechl. Hey, it was her turn. Commissioner Kristin Jacobs made a very lame motion for Gunzburger, saying that "when each jewel is allowed to shine, the whole crown shines." Yuck. Out with the old, in with the ... More >>
Photo: C. StilesKristin Jacobs had a score to settle with Sue Gunzburger.I know that sometimes the politics behind Broward County Commission decisions can seem complex, but trust me: Anyone who has been to high school can understand the social dynamics at work on the county's legislative body.The ... More >>
GunzburgerBy next week, Broward County will be ruled by a new code of ethics thanks to a unanimous vote this past week by the county's commission. But commissioners followed up that vote by moving to place a referendum on the ballot that, if passed, would significantly weaken ethical reform.Now B ... More >>
Photo: C. StilesSue Gunzburger caught flack from her commission colleagues last night but has no regrets.In an email that Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger sent to campaign supporters late last night, she cheered the passage of an ethics reform package at a meeting just hours before and ... More >>
Way back in October, this blog used the Tom Ridge terrorist threat chart to rank Broward County's power couples according to the threat they posed to the integrity of local government. The duo of Richard Rubin and Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin posed an "elevated" risk of committing corruptio ... More >>
A look at what's happening in South Florida this Friday morning:On the same day that Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger accused her opponent, Steve Geller, of a dirty campaign trick, Geller admitted having "a number of conversations" with Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, whose office is inves ... More >>
Photo: Gunzburger campaignGunzburger (in blue) says, "Bring it on!"Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger is taking the fight to Broward Sheriff's Office. A day after a press conference in which she accused Sheriff Al Lamberti of a political motive in launching a corruption investigation agai ... More >>
Thursday's local news roundup:Three officers with the Plantation Police Department have been arrested, along with a Lauderhill cop and an FBI agent, based on an undercover investigation that they conspired in a mortgage fraud scheme. Also arrested was Steven Stoll, who with his wife, Rebecca, is ... More >>
Photo: C.StilesSue GunzburgerThe Broward Sheriff's Office is getting mighty ambitious with its corruption investigation. The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger is a target of agency investigators who are looking at deals that her husband's company made with Broward ... More >>
The news in Broward and Palm Beach this Tuesday morning:An internal report concludes that Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti's agency has neglected measures meant to increase diversity. The sheriff is already being criticized for steering layoffs toward jail staff, which is dominated by minority deputie ... More >>
The news in Broward and Palm Beach:A Nova Southeastern University science professor is believed to be dead following a home invasion early Tuesday morning. Police say a man and his wife were tied up by an intruder, who shot the man -- believed to be homeowner Joseph Morrissey -- and then set the ... More >>
A county selection committee today chose a Brazillian firm called Cepemar Environmental Services to take over the tank field at Port Everglades. It's a big deal -- and already reeks of undue influence by a key lobbyist. The firm, represented by lobbyist Bernie Friedma ... More >>
Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger paints herself as an up-front ethics guru, but when a well-known activist asked her to incorporate federal standards into our corrupt county's code, all Gunzburger showed was her backside. Gunzburger (left) with Ilene Lieber ... More >>
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